A Laguna Niguel businessman who defrauded a bank, the Small Business Administration and the financier of a Fountain Valley gas station out of millions and millions of dollars recently copped to multiple fraud counts in federal court and now faces up to 70 years in prison.
A Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce director and former city planning commissioner is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography using file-sharing networks on his personal computer.
In early February, Los Angeles banned the public use of e-cigs. Last week, Long Beach city council took those regulations even further and decided that no vaping in public means no vaping inside vape shops, either. Right now, they're the only city in Southern California that plans to strip this cruc ... More >>
Knott's Berry Farm
[Trendzilla] Linsi Brownson helps small entrepreneurs reach their goals with tough love
Andrew Stopler eyes the foam running down the glass of the craft beer he just took a swing from at the SideDoor in Corona del Mar as he launches into an explanation of his noble experiment. The former federal prosecutor and his ex-FBI agent business partner recently opened Crux Capital, a new Irvin ... More >>
Most of the time, we have follow-up questions with our chef subjects so they can elaborate on some of their shorter responses. This was not one of those instances. Read our interview with Chris Sarkissian of Medii Kitchen, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . . When you're not in the kitchen, what ... More >>
Brice Harris took over the California Community Colleges system as chancellor on Nov. 6. Timothy P. White will be installed as the California State University system chancellor at the end of this month. Both are being welcomed to office by a broad, nonprofit coalition of education, business and ci ... More >>
Dana Point Harbor
Strata Tustin Center
Most of you are probably waiting anxiously for Black Friday deals; but me, I'm looking forward to this Saturday, which is the day American Express will credit $25 back to me if I patronize a small business and spend $25 or more with my American Express Card. To get the details, click here. You do ... More >>
Photo by Meranda Carter/OC WeeklyGive Wahoo's Fish Taco co-founder Wing Lam credit for working his Mexican food chain into widely seen television commercials for other companies. In 2000, he and his righteous whiskers appeared in a national spot for Merrill Lynch and its small business services. ... More >>
It was while I was at Trader Joes, looking at their hideously overpriced pack of barely edible corn tortillas, that I remembered something: we're blessed with tortillerías in Orange County. We don't have to rely on Maseca's masa monopoly for our tortilla needs--from San Juan Capistrano to La Hab ... More >>
Downtown Santa Ana French Plaza
Downtown La Habra
San Clemente Pier
The whitest man in Orange County is scooping up an award this evening from the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce.Tom Tait, the former Anaheim City Council member who is running in November to re-join the panel, will receive the Michael R. Jones Business Impact Award, which recognizes in ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAssemblyman Van TranFor those of you wondering if Van Tran's campaign would be based solely on negative attacks featuring Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez as a Democratic bimbo/whore, the answer came today in mail boxes.Tran, the Little Saigon state assemblyman who face term limi ... More >>
One thing you can say about Mike Duvall, the disgraced Yorba Linda Republican who resigned from the state Assembly last week amid a sex scandal, is that when he wasn't receiving lap dances from shapely lobbyists, he was lapping up awards, honors and accolades all across the state.
Angelucci and Gunther: Anti-Discrimination Heroes?On Friday, the California Supreme Court overturned a Santa Ana-based Court of Appeal decision that required plaintiffs in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-type cases to prove that businesses purposely violated the law by not making their facilit ... More >>
In anticipation of the Barrio History Symposium held this Saturday morning at Golden West College by the Orange County Mexican American Historical Society (I'll lecture on the 1936 Citrus War), here's a blast from the county's Mexican-hating past. From the Sept. 6, 1918 Los Angeles Times:Ask a Mexic ... More >>
Today, SanTana voters will vote on Measure D, a ballot initiative that proposes to extend term limits from two four-year terms to three and whose supporters have waged one of the most misleading campaigns since the Iraq War. We won't know if Measure D passes until tonight, but one thing is certain: ... More >>
State court rules on profitable wheelchair access lawsuits
'The real issue is not the motives of the Gunther-the-Terribles but the thousands of California business establishments that refuse to comply with the ADA until a Gunther-the-Terrible comes along and sues'
Angelucci and Gunther: Snakes of a Feather... Marc E. Angelucci, a Los Angeles attorney who has helped David Allen Gunther file lawsuits against small businesses, doesn't know the difference between the Weekly and the Register. This only highlights his trouble seeing reality. Along with a series of ... More >>
An ex-drug dealer and burglar leads a wheelchair posse terrorizing Southern California businesses. Would you believe he has the law on his side?
Irvines Saleen store makes its qualifying run
Perhaps you've seen those commercials showing Phil Angelides walking backward--the same direction the Democrat nominee for governor wants to take the state, according to the folksy narrator. These, of course, are not to be confused with Angelides' response ads, which show someone who looks a lot lik ... More >>
My colleague Alex Brant-Zawadzki is right about the potential of television for doing good– his pro-having-sex-with-George Clooney stance, I'll pass over in silence– but Edward R. Murrow is long dead, and TV nowadays seems to be mostly offering up "the evil of banality", to use Alex Cock ... More >>
The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>
If you want to pollute in Orange County, its best to be a multinational
Cox and the media spin a tale of government red tape that should be killing American companiesbut isnt
Lessons from Wasabi & Sushi
Recent votes suggest HB Councilman Garofalo is up to his old tricks
Ed Lairdplanning commissioner, paint maker, bank investor, political bankroller
Did politicians put tourism money ahead of public health in HB?
Mike Sheldrake figured he was dead when Starbucks opened two stores near his indie coffeehouse. Now his business is up 40 percent.
Bad news on the first anniversary of energy deregulation: you're still getting screwed